Where to Shop
Collected by Carissa Ryan
66 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris, France
Lucky Records is an institution in Paris, well at least for those on the hunt for music and collectibles from two of the most popular gay icons of recent music history. Looking for that rare vinyl pressing of "Spotlight," Madonna's tune that was...
Jardin du Palais Royal, 24 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France
Opinionated, obsessive designer Didier Ludot has one of the city’s best collections of vintage couture and accessories. If you’re looking for that perfect Courrèges dress or a mint-condition Hermès Plume bag (one of Ludot’s personal favorites),...
75009 Paris, France
For a cheap lunch with spectacular panorams of Paris, grab a sandwich-to-go from Cojean on Blvd Haussman and enjoy it atop the roof of Galeries Lafeyette. I was on top of the world with limitless views of the city's skyline that included the...
99 Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Paris, France
Need a Louis XVI giltwood bergère or a mid-century modern coffee table? A bust of Apollo or a granite-carved sphinx? An 18th-century sunburst mirror with real age spots or a marble staircase from of an old chateau? You can find these and more, or...
64 Rue Tiquetonne, 75002 Paris, France
This concept store deals mainly in second-hand clothing and accessories from established labels, but also stocks new items from emerging designers. The condition of the used items is excellent, so don't expect thrift-store prices—denim jackets...
83 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris, France
Behind the iconic orange-red facade you'll find a treasure-trove of art and design books, with a vast selection that covers photography, landscape architecture, fashion, graphic design, street art and much, much more. The shop also stocks...
4 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 Paris, France
Stocked with quirky-chic frames in unexpected colors and patterns, this boutique in Le Marais makes wearing glasses cool. Specs are handmade in France and Japan, with titanium or plastic frames, and all are designed by Anne and Valentin, a...
14 Rue des Halles, 75001 Paris, France
This chainlet (there are four outposts in Paris) bills itself as a "beer cave," akin to a wine cave, with bottles of artisanal craft brews from France, Belgium, Ireland and around the world. This isn't a place to grab a six-pack, but rather, to be...
5 Rue Houdon, 75018 Paris, France
Shopping at this store in the Montmartre feels more like visiting a young Parisian fashionista's flat, with independent designer duds spread out across various furnished "rooms." Around 20 brands are carried here—and most of the items are made...
133 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
This isn't your local Walgreens—the edgy glass-and-steel facade should tell you that. And while you can buy aspirin at its pharmacy or Le Figaro at its newsagent, Publicis is really about upmarket retail: Petrossian caviar, Acqua di Parma cologne,...
233 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
No doubt you've seen well-heeled ladies—on Fifth Avenue, Rodeo Drive and the Champs-Élysées—carrying their signature chevron-patterned Goyard totes. The iconic brand started when trunk-maker to the aristocracy, Pierre-François Martin, set up shop...
213 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
One of the world's original concept stores, this multi-level paean to all things cool remains mobbed nearly a decade after it was founded. It's a highly curated mix of men's and women's apparel, art books, skin products, record albums and more...
40 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris, France
Even if you haven't played with dolls in decades, this shop will take you back to your childhood—or maybe your great-grandmother's childhood. No Barbies here: rather, you'll find beautifully handmade and hand-painted antique porcelain figurines,...
34 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France
With a girly, boudoir-like vibe—all rose-colored furnishings and filmy pink curtains—the boutique sets the stage for Fifi Chachnil's delicate, 50s-inspired underthings. Expect lots of lace and bows—and even fur accents—on the vintage-style bras,...
18-20 Rue Coquillière, 75001 Paris, France
This cramped and crowded temple to cookware is where Julia Child shopped, which might surprise you given how no-frills it is. Creaky floorboards, bad lighting and a basement haphazardly crammed with copper pots and pans is hardly a...
99 Rue Saint-Antoine, 75004 Paris, France
Were it not for the grey "Meilleur Ouvrier de France" awning - a highly respected appellation provided to the best producers in a given category - it would be easy to pass this shop at a brisk pace. Peek inside, however, and the heady selection of...
3-5 Square de l'Opéra-Louis Jouvet, 75009 Paris, France
During our brief tour of the Fragonard museum in Paris, our guide explained that the perfume brand, which is only available in France, is named after Jean-Honoré Fragonard, a French painter and printmaker from the Provençal town of Grasse which is...
37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France
What traveller or aspiring travel writer has ever been to Paris and NOT stopped by George Whitman's Shakesepeare & Company, located just a stone's throw (if you have a good arm!) from the Notre Dame Cathedral? I cannot count the amount of...
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